F.B.I. Releases Files On Notorious B.I.G. Murder

F.B.I. Releases Files On Notorious B.I.G. Murder

Law agency makes details of rapper’s murder public.

Published April 6, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has released their files on the 1997 murder of Brooklyn rap icon Notorious B.I.G., revealing undisclosed information in the case.

Though the Los Angeles Police Department’s probe into Biggie’s murder was re-opened in January, the F.B.I. closed their case in 2005. Now, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the agency made the details public.

The F.B.I. files show that the rapper, born Christopher Wallace, was shot with a rare firearm when he was the victim of a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. The gun used in the shooting was a German-made Gecko 9mm gun, a brand that is not commonly found in the United States.

During their investigation the F.B.I. also found evidence that the LAPD officers named in the murder case had ties to L.A. street gangs. They also disclosed that their investigation was hindered by sloppy detective work on the part of the LAPD.

The files also revealed what Biggie had in his possession when he died. The platinum-selling rapper had a plastic baggy with marijuana, an asthma inhaler and three Magnum condoms.

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Written by Rondell Conway

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